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Thursday Evening News Brief, April 5

Apr 5, 2018
Thursday evening brief Apr 5 2018
Good evening!
Here’s everything that transpired during the course of the day…
Actor Salman Khan was sentenced to five years in prison today in the 1998 blackbuck poaching case. A Jodhpur court held the actor guilty for killing two blackbucks in October 1998 during a hunting expedition near Jodhpur, Rajasthan. The court acquitted co-accused Saif Ali Khan, Tabu, Neelam and Sonali Bendre and a local, Dushyant Singh, after giving them the “benefit of doubt”. Salman’s bail plea will be heard tomorrow. Read
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World champion weightlifter Saikhom Mirabai Chanu secured India’s first gold medal at the CWG in a record-smashing spree. Chanu broke six records in six lifts to finish first in the women’s 48 kg with a combined effort of 196kg to smash her previous career best of 194kg. Saikhom’s amazing performance came hours after fellow weightlifter Gururaja opened India’s account at the Gold Coast Games with a silver in the men’s 56kg event.
Facebook said that over half a million Indians were affected by the global data leak episode involving UK-based Cambridge Analytica. Facebook’s India numbers come a day after it revealed that personal information of as many as 87 million people, most of them in the US, may have been improperly accessed by Cambridge Analytica. About 270,000 people worldwide downloaded a personality quiz app and shared information about themselves and their friends with a researcher, who then passed it along to Cambridge Analytica.
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The SC today disagreed with Centre’s claim that Aadhaar is the panacea for all ills in the system, including bank frauds. A five-judge constitution bench headed by Chief Justice Dipak Misra, which is examining the validity of Aadhaar scheme, said the biometric database is not a solution to effectively discourage bank scams, as there is no doubt about the identity of the fraudsters.
Star India today bagged the broadcast rights of Indian cricket team’s home series for a record sum of Rs 6138.1 crore. After three days of intense bidding war, Star Sports India emerged victorious ahead of Sony and Jio (Reliance) in the e-auction of television and digital rights, a first in cricket, from 2018 to 2023. The broadcaster had paid Rs 3851 crore for the rights to telecast India’s home matches for the 2012-2018 cycle.
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